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Accrington Stanley aim to shock the cup giantkillers
PADRAIG Amond hopes Accrington Stanley can turn the tables on League Cup giantkillers Bradford City this afternoon as the Reds bid to extend their impressive record at Valley Parade.
Stanley travel to West Yorkshire for the Bantams’ first home game since they defeated Arsenal on penalties in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup in front of a crowd of almost 24,000.
The League Two side are now preparing for next month’s Capital One Cup semi final against Aston Villa and Amond hopes that will prove as a distraction today, with Stanley bidding to gain yet another result at Valley Parade.
The Reds are unbeaten in six visits since 2004 and manager Leam Richardson – a boyhood fan of Bradford’s fierce rivals Leeds – has already told the players he wants to extend that record.
Amond said: “He told us that he had never lost there and we want to keep that going.
“It’s a really good game for us, it’s Boxing Day and hopefully there will be a big crowd there. I did watch the Arsenal game and I was very impressed with them.
“But we played them earlier in the season and we should have won (it finished 1-1), so does that mean we would beat Arsenal!
“They have got the semi final against Aston Villa coming up and it’s only natural that if you’ve got a big game like that coming up then it will be back of their heads. There’s the chance for them to get to Wembley so hopefully that will be a distrac-tion for them.”
Stanley currently sit 17th in League Two – 11 places below Bradford, who are managed by Chorley-born Phil Parkinson.
The Reds could have keeper Paul Rachubka available despite his red card for an alleged headbutt on Saturday. Stanley felt the sending off was unjust and can appeal. That means the three-match ban would be delayed because even, if the appeal fails, a verdict cannot be reached today with the FA’s offices currently closed for Christmas.
Stanley trained at 9am yesterday and, although Amond could not spend the rest of the day with his family back in Ireland, he did have company in the form of good friend Kevin Long and some of the defender’s Burnley team-mates.
“To be away from your family at Christmas is never nice but it’s part of being a footballer and at least I wasn’t on my own,”said the striker.
* Toto Nsiala has missed out on selection for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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